Monthly Archives: November 2018

Fragile Times

Donald Trump didn’t believe the CIA and NSA and all the rest. He believed Putin. There was no Russian interference in anything. Now he believes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. That fellow said he had nothing to do with anything. … Continue reading

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Imagining the Worst

“Can you imagine anybody other than Trump?” Donald Trump likes to say that. That may be why, in a fit of anger, or defiance, as he left for his long Thanksgiving weekend at his exclusive resort in Florida, he issued … Continue reading

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Course Corrections

Politicians hate to admit they were wrong, but they do, and Donald Trump won’t. He’ll imply change course and say he hasn’t changed course at all – that’s what he was going to do all along. Reports that he had … Continue reading

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Beyond Truthful Hyperbole

Thanksgiving is that odd holiday that’s neither religious nor patriotic. It’s not about God or Country. Thanksgiving is secular and contemplative. Step back. Things aren’t that bad. Give thanks. Things could be much worse, and they aren’t, at the moment. … Continue reading

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Well On the Way to Ending America

The press is the enemy of the people. No president had ever said that before. That’s Hitler stuff. Putin says that. Erdogan in Turkey and Duterte in the Philippines and al-Sisi in Egypt say that. American presidents don’t. They never … Continue reading

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No Deal at All

Foreign policy is complicated. Donald Trump seems to insist that everything is quite simple. Apply force. The other party will capitulate. That’s the art of the deal. Humiliate the other party. Always hit back ten times harder. Don’t pay them. … Continue reading

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Imagining Imaginary Alternatives

When the world seems a mess there’s always alternative history to consider. Things might have been different. In 1931, British historian Sir John Squire collected a series of essays from some of the leading historians of the period for his anthology If It Had … Continue reading

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